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Vittoria Open Pave Evo CG Clincher Tyre
Especially for those who cycle all year round, in every kind of road and weather conditions, including pavé and heavy rain, Vittoria decided to improve one of its most traditional models, the "CG", and raise it to the EVO level.
|Puncture Protection:||PRB Protection|
|Wheel Size:||700c (622)|
This tubular/clincher tyre is part of Vittoria's Servizio Corse collection - the professionals choice: Wonderful grip, superb comfort, and speed make these handmade tubulars and clincher tyres the pro peloton's choice.
Vittoria's Corsa family has a uniquely supple 320 TPI casing that is flexible, uses a lightweight inner tube, and a tread compound that has evolved over millions of kilometres of racing. These tubulars and clinchers also have a new, lighter puncture-resistant belt that cuts flats by 40% over previous models.
Vittoria Servizio Corse, an unbroken tradition of success with more wins than any other tubulars and tyres in history.
These tyres are for racing style bikes that use clincher/hooked rims, these are the most common fitment and hook onto the rim and require an inner tube. There is a wide choice of tyres within this category and the right choice is important. Lighter tyres will accelerate quickly, but will be more prone to punctures so getting a balance is extremely important. If you require a tyre for all round use look for something with puncture protection, an average TPI(Threads Per Inch) and average weight. If you require a fast tyre and speed is the only thing that matters look for a low weight folding tyre with high TPI. If durability is your priority and speed is not so important look towards the puncture resistant tyres and consider going for a wider tyre, these will be less prone to punctures and offer a bit more comfort. For wet road conditions a triple compound or winter tyre is a good choice, these use a softer compound on the cornering surface to maximise grip.
Vittoria Industries Ltd. with an annual production of more than five million tires (mainly for race bikes) and nine hundred thousand famous tubulars all developed and produced in its wholly owned factory Lion Tyres in Thailand, is one of the largest race bike tire specialists and producers in the world. Its mission is to create higher value for its stakeholders and offer high quality tyres with the best available technologies to professional riders and bicycle enthusiasts. More than 15 professional teams (Pro Tour and Continental), several National Cycle Federations and the UCI Technical Centre in Aigle (CH) have used Vittoria tires for their races and training programs for many years.
|Recommended Vittoria Tyre Pressure|
For normal road surface and dry conditions. Note rim specifications regarding max tire pressures allowed. For wet or rough roads, decrease by 0.5 bar (7.5 psi). For tubular tyres, increase by 0.5 bar (7.5 psi).
Ideal tyre pressure is subject to many variables such as road surface, weather conditions, bike materials and setup, rider’s weight and lastly, riding style. The best way to fine tune ideal tyre pressures is field testing a variety of different pressures. One method is to use a short criterium style circuit, preferrable with a variety of corners.
Start with the suggested pressure and ride a lap. Each following lap, lower the pressure by 5psi until you feel the tyres start to “wallow” or move a bit. This is your lowest pressure point. Return to the above table pressures and raise 5psi each lap until the tyres start to bounce and skip/move across the surface. This is your max pressure. Decrease by 5 psi from here until you feel you have the best pressure for the conditions.
Keep a tyre pressure log, including road surface, techinicality of the course, weather conditions, tyre type, brand, and TPI. Finally, the bike you used and your weight on that day. Over time, this log will become a valuable tool for referencing tyre pressures and road conditions in order to optimize your performance when on race day.
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I have always been a bit of a Continental fan when it comes to tyres. I have liked the grip in the wet and their general ride qualities. So why for this years Tour of Flanders did I choose the Vittoria tyres?
Usually the spring classics are fought out by the real tough men of the sport, the flahutes of this world. The two tyre brands which have dominated this intense and demanding terrain over the last thirty years have been Continental and Vittoria. The PRO's ride tubular tyres, which is fine if you have a support car in tow, but I was looking for a clincher equivalent. As Continental don't make a Competition Gatorskin (the nearest would be a GP4 Season) I decided to opt for the Vittoria Open Pave Evo CG. Taking a look just at the palmares for the Paris Roubaix race I knew I was following in the tyre treads of cyclings' royalty.
Paris - Roubaix
Okay so enough of the history, and onto living with the new tyres. Fitting them was easy, no matter what rim combination I used. At first you could easily think that you would never get the bead to seat onto the rim as the tyre is so malleable. It's great to be wrong as the simple process of fitting a tyre, can in some degree influence whether a love affair can bloom or not.
Although the tyre is measured at 24mm, the volume of the tyres gives the ride feel of something a little larger. This is no bad thing (as I discovered in Flanders) as you don't trade much in the way of speed, but manage to gain comfort. This is a great trick if you can pull it off, which Vittoria have done. I put this down to the way an "open tubular" is built. It may sound obvious, but the tyres are made in exactly the same way their tubular tyres are, except for that these are not closed with an inserted tube, but they receive a hooked bead to work with a clincher rim.
The ride quality is exceptional, the grip offered by both the compound and the tread pattern gives confidence in bucket loads. Vittoria employ a Twin Tread compound with a green softer outer coupled with a harder black central strip. Whether the green tread helps due to the compound softness I am not sure (as they feel similar to touch), but the mental strength that can be attained by having the PRO look on your bike should not be underestimated. The combination of both a herringbone and a file tread give lots of grip in the wet when the roads can be slippery. On a dry road the extra drag isn't that noticeable, so the tyre is no one trick pony.
Tyre pressure for the cobbles is a key factor in how fast you can ride over them. Too hard and you bounce around loosing all traction, too soft and the risk of pinch flatting increases. You really are looking for the Goldilocks' porridge syndrome, that just right stage. This will differ for each rider based on your weight and given riding style. At 94 kg I am a heavy rider but I experienced no problems running the tyres right down to 85 psi. For the Ronde I ended up running the front at 90 psi and about 10 psi more in the rear. I had no flats of any kind on the day or since.
If you are going to undertake a sportive on rough roads of any description, be it the Ronde, Paris Roubaix or something of a more local flavour, you should have a pair of these tyres stashed away in your bike box.
Don't look any further than the Open Pave if you are after a Classics-looking tyre nothing shouts 'Roubaix' as loudly as these green and black treads.
Coming in a 24mm width, the Pave has plenty of air volume to add a touch of comfort, especially in winter, and a bit more rubber on the road. Needless to say, these tyres still run more than fast enough.
After enduring a winter of riding on some rough old roads the Si02 3D compound has gripped well on water-drenched and mud-engulfed tarmac but has been a little susceptible to cutting up. Nevertheless, most of the debris has not managed to get past the PRB puncture protection.
Using Vittorias's Corespun casing with 290tpi, the ride is excellent and much more pleasant than a stiff winter tyre.
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